Lunatic 19’s – A Deportational Roadtrip

by Tegan McLeod

9 July – 3 August 2019

“Discover, detain, deport. It’s all legal. It’s...I put them in the van, bats in a cage, and I just drive. “

The world premiere

Recovering from a serious car crash, Gracie, an undocumented Latina migrant worker from Kentucky, is tracked down to her hospital bed by immigration enforcement officer Alec. Dragged from hospital, she is chained and forced into a van to begin the long journey to deportation…

With coruscating humour and caustic observation, Lunatic 19’s captures the human stories at the heart of the current debate about migration and refugees, and the brutal surrealism of jailer and prisoner bound together on a road trip to exile and new beginnings.

About The Director Jonathan Martin

Director Jonathan Martin was the Principal of Drama Centre, London at Central Saint Martins between 2011-2018. He trained as a theatre director at Drama Centre, London and the École Philippe Gaulier in Paris. He has directed over thirty professional theatre productions at theatres including Theatre Royal, Stratford East (Ballroom by Robert Pugh, Pinocchio by Vince Foxall, Hansel and Gretel by David Cregan); Liverpool Playhouse (Insignificance by Terry Johnson); Sheffield Crucible (The Dispute by Marivaux); Gate Theatre (The False Servant by Marivaux);, and the Half Moon Theatre (Blood Wedding by Lorca). His productions have ranged from classical work to new writing and devised work including directing several plays by American authors including Sam Shepard, Terrence McNally, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Lanford Wilson, Israel Horowitz and Naomi Wallace. He was Associate Director at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, and at the Centro de Investigicíon Teatral in Lima, where he directed Macbeth by Shakespeare, Top Girls by Caryl Churchill, Happy Days by Beckett, and an adaptation of Playland by Athol Fugard. Most recently, he has directed Enron by Lucy Prebble at The Curve, Leicester.

About the Playwright Tegan McLeod

Playwright Tegan McLeod was born in Iowa City, Iowa. She later moved to the UK where she went on to study English at Oxford University. She began acting with the National Youth Theatre and her first play Never Such Rain, written at age 18, was a runner-up in the Oxford New Writer’s Festival. Upon graduating, Tegan became one of only two playwrights, internationally, to be awarded a full scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin as a Michener Fellow in Playwriting and Screenwriting. Whilst there, she had numerous productions including the world premiere of her first opera, Rose Made Man, an opera about Trans identity. Her play Girls in Cars Underwater was developed at Center Stage in

Baltimore, featured in the Ignition Festival at Victory Gardens, Chicago, and was selected for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center: National Playwrights Conference. Last year, her play Lover Think Lover was included in The New Group’s Spring Reading Festival. This is her first full length play to be seen in the UK.

9 July – 3 August 2019

Tickets and Times

Tuesday 7:30pm
Wednesday 7:30pm
Thursday 7:30pm
Friday 7:30pm
Saturday 3:00pm
Sunday 3:00pm

2hrs and 30mins with an interval of 15 mins